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The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started more than 65 years ago as an exam for the UK wine trade is now a globally recognised title collectively held by a worldwide family of Masters of Wine. Today, there are 418 MWs based in 30 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means gaining entry into a unique wine community; one that brings enriching personal and professional opportunities, as well as lifelong friendships.

ABOUT US

The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. As well as running the MW study programme, our programme of worldwide events offers unparalleled opportunities to taste and learn. These tastings and seminars, including our international symposium, are open for anyone to attend – you don’t have to be a Master of Wine to join in.

FIND AN MW

The IMW’s directory of Masters of Wine allows you to search not just by name, but also by skills and specialisms. MWs are active all over the world and in all fields; MWs are winemakers, journalists, consultants, buyers, auctioneers, educators and much more. If you are looking for an MW in a particular country, expert comment on a specific style of wine, a speaker for your event, or experienced commercial advice, look no further.

THE MW EXAM

The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine. By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name. The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. You can find out about all stages of the exam, as well as downloading past papers, by clicking below.

Latest News

Heidi Iren Hansen MW wins the 2020 Bollinger Medal

Heidi Iren Hansen MW wins the 2020 Bollinger Medal

Last night, Heidi Iren Hansen MW was announced as the 2020 winner of the Madame Bollinger Medal, which is awarded for excellence in tasting and outstanding achievement in the Institute of Masters of Wine practical exams. Heidi was announced as the winner by managing...

Thirteen Masters of Wine inducted at the 2021 IMW awards ceremony

Thirteen Masters of Wine inducted at the 2021 IMW awards ceremony

The Institute of Masters of Wine has officially welcomed 13 new Masters of Wine to its membership at the IMW’s awards ceremony in London. The ceremony celebrates the induction of the new Masters of Wine to the IMW and recognises individual excellence in all aspects of...

The IMW’s 10th international symposium to be held in Germany 2023

The IMW’s 10th international symposium to be held in Germany 2023

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce a 10th international symposium in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 2023. Open to anyone to attend, the symposium will run over four stimulating days from 29 June to 2 July 2023. The hosts for the not to be missed event...

Five new applicants share IWSC Foundation scholarship

Five new applicants share IWSC Foundation scholarship

IMW supporter IWSC Foundation has awarded five scholarships worth £5,000 each to MW study programme applicants. Ian Casterton, Atsuhide Hoshiyama, Christy Fuhrman, Mariko Iwai and Kelcie Jones share a portion of £25,000. IWSC Foundation made the fund available to new...

Isabelle Legeron MW organises digital event Alive!

Isabelle Legeron MW organises digital event Alive!

Founder of RAW WINE, Isabelle Legeron MW and her team are putting together their first fully digital event: Alive! Organised with the support of ProChile, Austrian Wine and Wines of South Africa, the event is a virtual festival of ideas for the world of wine, inspired...

Rooted for Good initiative by Jackson Family Wines

Rooted for Good initiative by Jackson Family Wines

IMW major supporter Jackson Family Wines recently launched Rooted for Good: Roadmap to 2030, a bold initiative and 10-year plan to help tackle climate change, generate positive social impact and support the vision for a sustainable future. It is the biggest initiative...

Latest News

Heidi Iren Hansen MW wins the 2020 Bollinger Medal

Heidi Iren Hansen MW wins the 2020 Bollinger Medal

Last night, Heidi Iren Hansen MW was announced as the 2020 winner of the Madame Bollinger Medal, which is awarded for excellence in tasting and outstanding achievement in the Institute of Masters of Wine practical exams. Heidi was announced as the winner by managing...

Thirteen Masters of Wine inducted at the 2021 IMW awards ceremony

Thirteen Masters of Wine inducted at the 2021 IMW awards ceremony

The Institute of Masters of Wine has officially welcomed 13 new Masters of Wine to its membership at the IMW’s awards ceremony in London. The ceremony celebrates the induction of the new Masters of Wine to the IMW and recognises individual excellence in all aspects of...

The IMW’s 10th international symposium to be held in Germany 2023

The IMW’s 10th international symposium to be held in Germany 2023

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce a 10th international symposium in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 2023. Open to anyone to attend, the symposium will run over four stimulating days from 29 June to 2 July 2023. The hosts for the not to be missed event...

Features

Caro Maurer MW awarded Bacchus Prize

Caro Maurer MW awarded Bacchus Prize

Caro Maurer MW has been awarded the 2021 Bacchus Prize in the international category. The ceremony took place on 4 November at Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt  The prize is awarded annually, and winners are selected based on merit and contribution to Austrian wine....

Isabelle Legeron MW organises digital event Alive!

Isabelle Legeron MW organises digital event Alive!

Founder of RAW WINE, Isabelle Legeron MW and her team are putting together their first fully digital event: Alive! Organised with the support of ProChile, Austrian Wine and Wines of South Africa, the event is a virtual festival of ideas for the world of wine, inspired...

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